Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book Detailed Specs Comparison

Surface Book 2 is out now! if you want to know more how the new Surface Book 2 compared to the original Surface Book, here we have a detailed specs comparison for you.

Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book

The new version of Microsoft Surface Book 2 is finally out now. It now comes in 2 sizes, the same old 13.5-inch, and a new 15-inch. The overall look of the new Surface Book 2 is almost the same as the original Surface Book, However, many things have changed inside.

The new Surface Book 2 now has a better hinge design reducing screen wobbling while you work on lap and when you interact with the screen. One more interesting change is the Mini DisplayPort replacement with a USB Type-C 3.1 Gen-1 (no Thunderbolt 3 supported) for Video Out and Charging.

If you are in the market looking for a great laptop and struggling in choosing between a cheaper original Surface Book and the new Surface Book 2, here we have detailed specs comparison between both devices for you.

  1. Overall technical specs comparison
  2. Intel Core i5 processors comparison
  3. Intel Core i7 processors comparison
  4. Integrated graphics comparison
  5. Discrete graphics comparison

1 Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book – Overall Technical Specs Comparison

 Surface BookSurface Book 2
Announced DateOctober 26, 2015October 17, 2017
Preorder on November 9, 2017
Available on November 16, 2017
Available ConfigurationsIntegrated GPU
$1499 - i5 | 8 GB | 128 GB$1699 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB $2499 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB


NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU with 1GB
$1899 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB$1999 - i7 | 8 GB | 512 GB


NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M 2GB GPU
$2399 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB$2799 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB$3299 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch
$1499 - i5 | 8 GB | 256 GB$1999 - i7 | 8 GB | 256 GB | GTX 1050$2499 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB | GTX 1050 $2999 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB | GTX 1050


Surface Book 2 15-inch
$2499 - i7 | 16 GB | 256 GB | GTX 1060$2899 - i7 | 16 GB | 512 GB | GTX 1060 $3299 - i7 | 16 GB | 1 TB | GTX 1060
Software
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Built-in AppsOffice 30-days trial
Display
Display Size
13.5 inches
13.5 inches15 inches

Display Resolution3000 x 2000 (267 PPI), 6M PixelsSurface Book 2 13.5-inch
3000 x 2000 (267 PPI), 6M Pixels

Surface Book 2 15-inch
3240 x 2160 (260 PPI), 7M Pixels
Screen TechnologyPixelSense™ Display
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Inking: Supports Surface Pen
Touch: 10 points multi-touch
PixelSense™ Display
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Contrast ratio: 1600:1
Inking: Supports Surface Pen with tilt support
Touch: 10 points multi-touch G5
Internal Specs
CPU
6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U dual-core6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U dual-core
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U dual-core8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core


Surface Book 2 15-inch
8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U quad-core
GraphicsSurface Book
Intel® HD Graphics 520NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU w/1GB GDDR5


Surface Book with Performance Base
Intel® HD Graphics 520NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M discrete GPU w/2GB GDDR5
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5
Intel® HD Graphics 620


Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i7
Intel® UHD Graphics 620NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 discrete GPU w/2GB GDDR5


Surface Book 2 15-inch
Intel® UHD Graphics 620NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5
Memory
8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch
8 GB 16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM

Surface Book 2 15-inch
16 GB
1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
Storage
128 GB256 GB512 GB1 TB

NVMe PCIe SSD
256 GB 512 GB 1 TB

NVMe PCIe SSD
Network- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
- Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
- Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology

Surface Book 2 15-inch
Xbox Wireless built-in
Battery
Battery SizeSurface Book
Clipboard: 18 Wh Base: 51 Wh


Surface Book with Performance Base
Clipboard: 18 Wh Base: 63 Wh
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5
Clipboard: 18 Wh Base: 51 Wh


Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i7
Clipboard: 18 Wh Base: 57.3 Wh


Surface Book 2 15-inch
Clipboard: 23 Wh Base: 67 Wh
Battery LifeSurface Book
Up to 12 hours of video playback

Surface Book with Performance Base
Up to 16 hours of video playback
Up to 17 hours of video playback
Power SupplySurface Book Integrated GPU
36W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port


Surface Book with Discrete GPU
65W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port


Surface Book with Performance Base
102W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port
Surface Book 2 with Intel® Core™ i5
39W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port


Surface Book 2 with Intel® Core™ i7
95W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port


Surface Book 2 15-inch
95W power supplyUSB-A (5W) charging port
Exterior
DimensionsSurface Book
12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90”
(312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)

Surface Book with Performance Base
12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90”
(312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5
12.3” x 9.14” x 0.51”-0.90”
(312 mm x 232 mm x 13 mm-23 mm)

Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i7
12.3” x 9.14” x 0.59”-0.90”
(312 mm x 232 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)

Surface Book 2 15-inch
13.5” x 9.87” x 0.568-0.90”
(343 mm x 251 mm x 15 mm-23 mm)
WeightSurface Book
3,34 lbs (1,516 g)

Surface Book with Performance Base
3.68 lbs (1,669 g)
Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i5
3.38 lbs (1,534 g)

Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with Intel Core i7
3.62 lbs (1,642 g)

Surface Book 2 15-inch
4.2 lbs (1,905 g)
CasingMagnesium
Colors
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad- Precision trackpad: 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
- Five-finger multitouch gesture
- Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
- Full-size backlit keyboard with soft touch feel and full 1.6mm travel.
- Precision trackpad: 105 mm x 70 mm, glass.
- Five-finger multitouch gesture
- Mechanical friction attaches the Clipboard to the keyboard.
- Full-size backlit keyboard with soft touch feel and full 1.55mm travel.
Ports- 2 x full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2 x Surface Connect ports
- Full-size SD™ card reader
- 2 x full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1
- 1 x USB type-C (version 3.1 Gen 1 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2 x Surface Connect ports
- Full-size SD™ card reader
- Compatible with Surface Dial* on- and off-screen interaction
Camera & Audio
Camera- Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
- 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
- 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
- Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
- 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
- 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio- Stereo microphones
- Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio™ Premium
- Dual microphones
- Front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium
- Support for Windows Sonic for Headphones
- Support for Dolby® Atmos for Headphones
Misc
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer
Security- TPM chip for enterprise security
- Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
- HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
- Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
In the box- Surface Book
- Power supply
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety and warranty documents
Surface Pen with 1024 pressure sensitivity
- Surface Book 2
- Power supply
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety and warranty documents
Surface Pen

2 Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book – Intel Core i5 Processors Comparison

The new Surface Book 2 now only have one configuration that comes with Intel Core i5 and Microsoft still uses the 7-Gen chip for that configuration while Intel Core i7 using 8-Gen chip. However, it still a better upgrade for the 6-Gen chip available in the original Book.

Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-6300U7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7300U
Intel Core i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i5
Launch DateQ3'2015Q1'2017
Base Frequency2.40 GHz2.60 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.00 GHz3.50 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache3 MB SmartCache
# of Cores2
# of Threads4
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI
Max Memory Support32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
GEEKBENCH 4
Single-Core Score3,3743,967
Multi-Core Score6,4317,736

3 Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book – Intel Core i7 Processors Comparison

The 8-Gen Intel Core i7 inside the new Surface Book 2 is a significant performance boost over the 6-Gen Intel Core i7 in the original Surface Book. It now has real 4 cores and 8 threads that significantly improve performance for professional grade applications and high-end gaming titles.

Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6600U8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8650U
Intel Core i78th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
Launch DateQ3'2015Q3'2017
Base Frequency2.60 GHz1.90 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.40 GHz4.20 GHz
TDP15 watt
Level 1 Cache128 KB
Level 2 Cache512 KB
Level 3 Cache4 MB SmartCache8 MB SmartCache
# of Cores24
# of Threads48
Bus Speed4 GT/s OPI
Max Memory Support32 GB
Max Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
GEEKBENCH 4
Single-Core Score3,6724,956
Multi-Core Score7,14714,377

4 Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book – Integrated Graphics Comparison

As most Surface Book models are coming with discrete graphics, in term of processors selection Microsoft didn’t focus much on integrated graphics selection. All models are all using general Intel HD graphics instead of Intel Iris or Iris Plus graphics found on Apple MacBook Pro.

Processor6th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-6300U/i7-6600U
7th Gen Intel® Core™
i5-7300U
8th Gen Intel® Core™
i7-8650U
Intel Core i57th Gen Intel® Core™ i58th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 620Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Base Frequency300 MHz300 MHz300 MHz
Max Dynamic Frequencyi5-6300U
1.00 GHz

i7-6600U
1.05 GHz
1.10 GHz1.15 GHz
Graphics Max Memory32 GB
Graphics 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
Graphics DirectX12
Graphics OpenGL4.4
# Display Supported3
Graphics Technologies
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology
Quick Sync Video Clear Video HD Technology Clear Video Technology InTru™ 3D Technology

5 Surface Book 2 vs Surface Book – Discrete Graphics Comparison

The new Surface Book 2 finally comes with the latest and VR-Ready discrete graphics GeForce GTX 10 Series. With the GeForce GTX 1060, The new Surface Book 2 is now able to play most high-end games at 1080p at 60 fps. It also makes Surface Book 2 is the first Surface PC that able to use Windows Mixed Reality Ulta.

GPUGFEFORCE GPUGEFORCE GTX 965MGEFORCE GTX 1050GEFORCE GTX 1060
NVIDIA Geforce GPUNVIDIA Geforce GPUNVIDIA Geforce GPUNVIDIA Geforce GPU
ArchitectureMaxwellPascal
Memory Size1 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
GPU Engine Specs
NVIDIA CUDA® Cores38410246401280
Base Clock (MHz)954 MHz935 MHz1354 MHz1506 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)993 MHz1150 MHz1455 MHz1708 MHz
Memory Specs
Memory Speed5012 MHz5000 MHz7000 MHz8000 MHz
Memory Interface Width64-bit128-bit128-bit192-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)40 GB/s80 GB/s112 GB/s192 GB/s
Technology Support
Technologies
PhysX CUDA GeForce Experience
Optimus™ Support
G-SYNC -Ready GameStream -Ready Optimus™ Support BatteryBoost™ SLI® Ready
G-SYNC -Ready GameStream -Ready Simultaneous Multi-Projection VR Ready Ansel SLI® Ready Vulkan API
G-SYNC -Ready GameStream -Ready Simultaneous Multi-Projection VR Ready Ansel SLI® Ready Vulkan API
NVIDIA GPU Boost2.03.0
Microsoft DirectX12 API with feature level 11_012 API with feature level 12_1
OpenGL4.5
Bus SupportPCIe 3.0

The new Surface Book 2 is a big jump in Performance compared to the original Surface Book. If you can manage a budget to afford the Surface Book 2, that’s is no doubt that is the great choice. However, if you are tight on the budget, the original Surface Book is still the best laptop for its price and features.

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